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18 December 10:16 am

Robbie Keane is waiting to see if he can reach full fitness before even contemplating going on a loan this offseason. 

Keane told the Irish Independent that he still on the mend after suffering several nagging injuries including a knock to his Achilles from his 2012 season with the Galaxy. During his calendar year with the Galaxy, Keane amassed 23 goals and 10 assists as he helped the Galaxy win back-to-back MLS Cup titles. The Irishman went on an offseason loan a year ago to Aston Villa and talk of yet another loan comes as the Irish prepare for several important World Cup qualifiers in March against the likes of Sweden and Austria. Keane has recently been linked to Queen's Park Rangers. 

"I haven't even thought about taking up with any other teams, I have a few little niggles that I have to sort out before I even contemplate making any decisions,” Keane told the Irish daily during a promotional event in his homeland. “There has been a lot of speculation and a few clubs are interested, but it wouldn't be right for me to go anywhere if I wasn't 100 percent fit and ready. I don't have any major problems, just an Achilles injury, but if that isn't right, I won't be going anywhere."

Back in the states, the Galaxy announced their home opener on March 3 against the Chicago Fire. Also, this week, you can vote on which Robbie Keane goal will make the LAGalaxy.com Goal of the Year Final Four. Vote here and watch the goals below.

18 December 9:12 am

It may not be 2013 yet, but we now know that the LA Galaxy will begin their quest for back-to-back-to-back MLS Cups against the Chicago Fire on March 3 at The Home Depot Center.

The match will be the earliest regular season game in club history, as it comes just a week ahead of the 2012 home opener against Real Salt Lake. LA is 8-6-3 in season openers and 2-2-1 when those games take place at The HDC.

At the moment, tickets for the match can be purchased by becoming a season ticket holder or by buying LA's holiday package, which includes the opener, any other two home games as well as the CONCACAF Champions League home fixture against Costa Rican side Herediano. 

All other 19 home openers can be found here

17 December 9:14 pm

From MLSsoccer.com, all of the LA Galaxy's goals in MLS competition.

Enjoy.

17 December 12:24 pm

As part of their season review series, MLSsoccer.com has put up four pieces that reflect upon the LA Galaxy's MLS Cup-winning season. 

Perhaps, the most interesting is a look at Robbie Keane's influence through statistics from Opta. The main realization that the article comes to? Keane was MLS' best forward after he returned from international duty with the Ireland at the European Championships. 

Also worth reading is MLS' analyst Matthew Doyle's piece on whether the Galaxy should re-build. 

What are your thoughts on the two pieces? 

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17 December 10:56 am

The New York Red Bulls have signed Brazilian dead ball expert Juninho Pernambucano.

The 38-year-old Brazilian midfielder has quite the resume having spent the peak of his powers with French club Olympique Lyon and lastly Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. The former Brazilian International is coming off the heels of a successful season with Vasco da Gama in which he generated seven goals and eight assists. 

NYRB has yet to announce a head coach, but multiple sources -- both Soccer By Ives and Big Apple Soccer -- have reported that the club's new head man will be Scottish head coach Gary McAllister. 

A few more news stories to get your morning going...

*The Canadian national federation has announced that they will take on the U.S. National Team on Jan. 29 in a friendly at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas

*Vancouver Whitecaps FC may be after an "oldie but goodie" of their own, albeit in a completely different sense. Vancouver PR confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that head coach Martin Rennie met with midfielder Davide Chiumiento over the weekend. Reports out of Vancouver have linked the midfielder with a potential return to BC Place. Chiumiento was a first team regular for Vancouver before being sold to Swiss club FC Zurich in July. 

*The father and agent of U.S. International Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud confirms that there has been contact between his son and Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter about a potential move to JELD-WEN Field. 

*Longtime FC Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez was fired by FCD just a month after transitioning into a full time assistant coach role with the club.

*Brazilian club Corinthians won the World Club Cup by defeating European Champion Chelsea FC 1-0 on Sunday. Mexican club Monterrey finished in third after defeating African champions Al Ahly. 

*Lionel Messi has now scored 90 goals during the 2012 calendar year after tallying two goals in FC Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid. 

*The new women's soccer league has a name and a logo. The new league, which begins in Spring will be called the National Women's Soccer League or NWSL for short. Follow the new league on Facebook and Twitter

16 December 1:30 pm

Another day and two more evaluations completed.

On Saturday, I reviewed second-year midfielder Dan Keat, who made a total of three appearances in 2012, but saw much of his season limited after undergoing surgery on his right knee. Following Keat was teenage forward Jack McBean, who led the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign and Reserve League squad in scoring.

We’ll have reviews on goalkeeper Bill Gaudette and rookie midfielder Kenney Walker later today.

You can find my evaluations for Keat and McBean below.

Dan Keat

Jack McBean

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15 December 1:45 pm

The LA Galaxy’s decision to deal away Edson Buddle to the Colorado Rapids on Friday could have a major impact on two of the club’s brightest attacking prospects -- Jack McBean and Jose Villarreal.

On Friday, the LA Galaxy dealt veteran forward to the Rapids in exchange for allocation money and Colorado’s first round pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. With Buddle dealt away and question marks around Landon Donovan, Mike Magee and Pat Noonan returning, the teenage forwards looked poised to play a significant role alongside Robbie Keane in 2013.

After a season in which both teenagers excelled in brief stints with the first team particularly during CONCACAF Champions League play, Arena seems ready to give his youngsters added responsibility next season.

 “I think that Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean are ready to get more minutes with the first team. They’ll placed in a competitive situation in preseason and given an opportunity to show us what they can do, but they’re certainly much more advanced than they were [signed],” said Arena. “We think that they’re talented players and they need to continue to move forward professionally, they’re still in some cases young kids so they’ve got to continue to grow and hopefully they can contribute more. I think the past year for both of them was good. We’re very pleased by those two players.”

Both players as well as recent Homegrown signing Oscar Sorto and Academy defender Javan Torre were both called up to the upcoming U.S. Under-20 camp in Florida.

14 December 6:25 pm

It was a frantic Friday for the LA Galaxy and you can read more about that here (and here), but my LAGalaxy.com player evaluations are rolling right along.

Today, I reviewed midfielder Paolo Cardozo and forward Adam Cristman, both of whom saw their time with the Galaxy cut short in midseason. Cardozo, the club’s first round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft was dealt to Chivas USA for defender David Junior Lopes on April 10 after making just a single appearance during the 2012 season. Meanwhile, Cristman was forced to retire due to concussion symptoms in July after making two appearances for LA.

The complete schedule for the evaluations can be found here.

You can  find my evaluations for Cardozo and Cristman below.

Paolo Cardozo

Adam Cristman

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14 December 5:51 pm

Former LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has reportedly closed the door on a move to Australia in albeit a strange place.

Reports coming out of Australia state that Perth Glory owner Tony Sage spoke to Beckham during a performance of the Spice Girls’ new stage music and Sage asked him about a potential move to the A-League.

"I got the chance to chat to David and, of course, I asked him about coming to Australia," Sage told footballaustralia.com.au. "He looked me in the eye and basically said, 'That would be nice, but it's too far away from my businesses."

Beckham, 37, ended his six-year stint with the LA Galaxy on Dec. 1 as he helped lead the club to a second straight MLS Cup title by defeating the  Houston Dynamo, 3-1 at The Home Depot Center. Since announcing his intention to depart the United States, Beckham has been linked to clubs across the globe including in England, France, the Middle East and China as well as a potential MLS ownership bid.

"It would have been great to have him at Perth Glory, but it looks like that won't be happening," Sage added. "I just don't think he'll be coming to Australia, full stop.”

Will this end rumors linking Beckham to Australia? Probably not.  Beckham has repeatedly stated that he expects to announce his next move by years-end.

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14 December 4:37 pm

In his teleconference with local reporters following Friday’s Re-Entry Draft, Bruce Arena touched on a number of topics as the Galaxy look ahead to  the 2013 season.

Friday was a busy one for the club as they acquired the rights to midfielder Colin Clark and goalkeeper William Hesmer while trading Edson Buddle to the Colorado Rapids for allocation money and a 2013 first round supplemental draft pick.  But the day began with the club trading a 2013 international roster spot and the club’s natural first round draft pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft to Chivas USA for the second selection in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft, which they used to select Clark. 

With midfielders David Beckham and Christian Wilhelmsson already departed and Landon Donovan’s status still up in the air, Arena admitted that Clark’s selection is part of a plan to add depth to the club's midfield.  

“That’s an area where we've got to focus on and add some depth to a number of positions there,” said Arena. “At the same, I feel pretty good where we’re at and we’re going to move forward and try to improve everything.”

Hesmer’s selection in the second round of Stage Two could have some impact on the current status of goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who is still currently out of contract. Prior to missing the entire 2012 season after undergoing a hip procedure in April, Hesmer served as the Columbus Crew’s number one ‘keeper for five years helping the team win two Supporters’ Shields (2008-2009) and one MLS Cup (2008).

However, the Galaxy remain in conversations with Saunders to, potentially, bring him back for 2013.  

“We’re communicating,” Arena said. “And we haven’t resolved anything contractually.”

Two of the four Galaxy players available for selection in Stage Two were selected as Chad Barrett was chosen with the fourth overall pick to the New England Revolution while defender Bryan Jordan was selected in the third round by the San Jose Earthquakes.  Meanwhile, Pat Noonan and Andrew Boyens were not selected, but Arena has not closed the door on either of those two returning next season.

“I’m sure that we’ll have some dialogue,” said Arena. “No decisions have been made at this time.”

Nearly an hour after the draft’s completion, the Galaxy dealt away Buddle for allocation money and a supplemental selection  in a move that was described by Arena as primarily due to salary cap concerns. Although the amount of allocation money that LA received is not public information, Arena shed some light on the club’s current salary cap situation.

“Certainly, we don’t divulge publicly where we stand with the salary cap,” said Arena. “But there’s not a team in the league that would tell you that they could use more [allocation money] given the circumstances but having said that, we’re in pretty good shape.”

Apart from Friday's madness surrounding the Re-Entry Draft, Arena told reporters that the club is “close” to reaching an agreement with goalkeeper Brian Perk, who reportedly agreed to terms with the club and opted out of the Re-Entry Draft Process earlier in the week. The same cannot be said about midfielder Kyle Nakazawa, who also opted out of the process, but according to Arena, nothing has been resolved at the moment.

The Galaxy head coach and general manager also reiterated that the club remain in contact with Homegrown target and CSU-Bakersfield forward Gyasi Zardes about a potential Homegrown contract. 

“There’s continued discussions with the people that represent him," said Arena. "We’re working to see if that’s something that can come to closure.”